Chimpanzees: Smarter Than Trappers

Published by PETA.


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We know that chimpanzees have keen intelligence and advanced cognitive skills, so it’s no surprise that scientists observing wild chimpanzees in Guinea watched them deliberately set off snare traps designed to catch and kill them (and any other passing animal)—while avoiding harming themselves. The researchers believe that this lifesaving skill has been passed down from one generation to the next.

Just like us, non-human animals of all species want to live in freedom, avoid pain, and seek out comfort. Like us, more than anything, they want to live.

But life skills and ingenuity can’t save animals who are deliberately bred for laboratory experiments. Please help us stop a plan to breed monkeys for vivisection in Puerto Rico.

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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